New to the roster this season, we’ll be looking at the various college towns of Wisconsin opponents. We will answer all important questions: is it a state capital? What is the population? Does he have a Culver’s?
City: Tempé, Arizona
Cut: 40.15 square miles
Site: 33 ° 24′46 ″ N 111 ° 56′35 ″ W
Population: 180,587 (2020)
State capital? No
Time zone: Mountain Time / Pacific Time
Landmarks: Mill Avenue District, Arizona State University, Desert Botanical Gardens, Hole in the Rock.
Tempe, Arizona was named after the Tempe Valley, which is located in Greece. The Tempe Valley is a gorge, located between Olympus and Ossa. Lord Darrel Duppa, an Englishman who helped establish Phoenix is credited with suggesting the name, as the site of the mound and the wide river, and the expanse of green fields, reminded him of the Tempe Valley.
Following the establishment of Fort McDowell at the eastern end of the Salt River Valley in central Arizona in 1865, farmers settled in the area and dug irrigation canals left behind by the prehistoric Hohokam people and built new ones to carry water from the Salt River to their fields.
Farms in the area quickly supplied food to military posts and mining towns in Arizona.
The first settlers in the area were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. In 1872, some of these settlers founded San Pablo, east of Tempe Butte. Hayden’s Ferry, which was another settlement that developed west of Tempe Butte. San Pablo and Hayden’s Ferry grew rapidly and became Tempe in 1879.
In 1885, the Arizona legislature selected Tempe as the site for the Territorial Normal School, which trained teachers for Arizona schools. The addition of the Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad helped Tempe to grow even further, as it was linked to the country’s growing transportation system, allowing it to become a major business and shipping center.
In 1911, the completion of the Roosevelt Dam provided water for the region’s growing agricultural system. Arizona then became the 48th member of the United States in 1912.
Now all of this historical stuff is fun and good, but we can’t forget Arizona is horrible.
Arizona is one of the biggest importers of former racist conservatives in the country, Florida being another. And while we learned anything from The Good Place, we learned the phrase “Arizona Trash Bag,” which aptly describes the natives of the 48th state.
This is further shown by looking at Tempe’s crime data.
Tempe received an F rating from crimegrade.org. Tempe is in the fifth percentile which means 95% of cities are safer than Tempe and only 5% are more dangerous … basically if you go to Tempe you will die.
Tempe is also a neighboring town to Phoenix which is home to the Phoenix Suns and we all remember how the NBA Finals unfolded …
BUCKS IN SIX!
The state of Arizona was once considered the best party school in the country, but recently lost that title and even fell off top school lists, like the list produced by Newsweek in August 2021. For those wondering , while ASU didn’t even reach the top 25, Wisconsin came in strong at No. 3, behind Tulane (No. 1) and Florida State (No. 2).
Even though ASU has lost its grip on the college party scene, Tempe still has its fair share of college bars. According to Lyft, CASA Tempe is Tempe’s most visited bar. CASA Tempe is an open-air bar and indoor nightclub, which serves a variety of food and drink.
Four Peaks Brewing Company is the second most visited. Four Peaks is located near the ASU campus and serves craft and local beers.
Randomly, perhaps because of all the Midwestern people retiring there, Arizona is a popular state for Culver restaurants, as there are 36 of them in the Copper State, one of which is located in Tempe.
Sun Devil Stadium is home to the Arizona State Sun Devils football team. The stadium’s capacity is 53,599 and the largest crowd on record was 74,963, during the 1996 season.
It was built between two mountain buttes. Some even say that it was literally carved out of the desert, as it occupies the space between the Buttes de Tempe, which are small mountains that ideally hosted the growth of the structure.
Sun Devil Stadium has been the home of ASU since 1958 and the field itself was named Frank Kush Field on September 21, 1996 when ASU defeated top-ranked Nebraska 19-0. Kush was the head coach of ASU from 1958 to 1979, compiling a record of 176-54-1.
It hosted the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for 35 years and the Arizona Cardinals for 18 years. In 2006, Sun Devil Stadium became the home of the Insight Bowl.
Does your college town suck?
Yes. Can’t remember what I said before, about 95 percent of cities are safer and all things Arizona trash bags?